Stage 9 – Violator
- Duration: 1:08:31
- Power: 303 watts
- Average Cadence: 80
- TSS: 89.4
- Ride %: 100
- Start line: 1:47 pm on Sunday, February 2
Ugh…I purposefully never did this ride before today because I wanted it to be a surprise to me. And because I was pretty sure I wouldn’t like it.
Violator starts off with the typical warm up. Then you do some sprints, followed by a few sprints, then ending up with a nice little set of sprints.
Violated–64 sprints in all.
Actually, it wasn’t too bad. Granted, I didn’t get to watch the video because when I went to download it my link was expired. Luckily, the fine folks at Trainerroad still let you pull up the profile and do the ride, you just don’t get to see the cool cycling footage and read the sadistic jokes.
I watched a documentary about Bo Jackson instead. It’s all good. I’ve contacted The Sufferfest, and they’ve already gotten back to me with a link for the download. And I’m probably happier not having seen the video and knowing I’d missed all the cadence queues. Again.
So this ride was probably easier than it should have been, but my legs are scattered, covered, smothered, topped, chunked, diced, broiled, charred, and toasted.
And I did it all for this:
A little badge on my Trainerroad profile that says, “I really WILL beat my ass today to kick yours tomorrow.”
This Tour was a lot of fun. I think they did a great job keeping the pressure on everyone, and these rides weren’t just suggestions–do them or get dropped!
Also, it’s great that they raised so much money (over $57k at posting) for the Davis Phinney foundation for Parkinsons.
One of my former rugby teammates has Parkinsons, and it’s something I’ve talked about before. It’s especially viscous to see the disease attack people like Pat and Davis Phinney–people who are active and healthy. This is the part where I ask you to click on the link for the Davis Phinney foundation and make a donation.
Can’t wait to do this ride next year!!!
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